Brown likely to sign statewide plastic bag ban
September 30, 2014
California Govenor Jerry Brown is expected to sign into law the first statewide plastic bag ban in the U.S. [ABC News]
Brown has until Tuesday to sign the bill, which would ban single-use plastic bags in large grocery stores beginning in July 2015. A year later, the ban would apply to smaller stores as well.
More than 100 cities and counties, including San Luis Obispo County, already have plastic bag bans. The rules of those bans will remain in place even if the statewide ban takes effect.
In a gubernatorial candidates’ debate earlier this month, Brown said he would probably sign the bill because the local bans have created a lot of confusion.
“The grocers themselves said, ‘Let’s have one statewide ban that’s reasonable,’” Brown said.
The proposed statewide ban would allow businesses to provide customers with paper or reusable plastic bags at a mandatory price of 10 cents a bag. The same regulation already exists in San Luis Obispo County.